Festivals Around The World in February and March

Quebec Winter Carnival

Where- Quebec, Canada

When-January 27-February 12

The carnival began in 1894 as a winter celebration for Quebec’s revellers. Interrupted till the second half of the 20th century due to wars and the economic crisis, it was revived in 1954. Do not miss Bonhomme, a living replica of the snowman who represents the carnival. Experience the sleigh ride or the 400 feet ice slide on the Plains of Abraham, watch the Canoe Race on the St. Lawrence River or warm up in the sauna of the Arctic Spas Village amidst the trees.

Desert Festival of Jaisalmer

Where-Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

When- February 5-7

Experience three days of festivities celebrated in a desert at the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer. There is a range of activities you can partake of – from the folk song and dance performances to a contest to judge the man with the best moustache to marvelling at the fire dancers. The festival has mobile money exchangers and in case you run out of cash, any kiosk around would accept credit cards.

Carnival of Venice

Where- Venice, Italy

When- February 11 –21

For those who are fond of Italian culture and cuisine masquerades, the Carnival of Venice is a must-attend. Originally started as a “celebration of expressions” to hide social identities, the Carnival of Venice spans over ten days and includes a wide array of events from walking tours to classical concerts and dinners. Having a costume and a mask is mandatory if you want to participate. You can book your tickets online in advance for the Carnevale di Venezia experience.

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Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival

Where- Pasir Gudang, Malaysia

When- February 15-19

If you want to celebrate this season watching kite flying competitions, displays and collection of Kites then the Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival (PGKF) welcomes you to its seventeenth anniversary. Make sure you visit the Pasir Gudang Kite Museum, which exhibits a collection of over two hundred built over the years. Participate in the Wau/Kite making workshop and learn the process of making kites. Who knows, you might just bring home your own Wau/Kite.

Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival

Where- Dubai Festival City, Dubai, UAE

When- February 16-24

For nine days, Dubai Festival City will play host to shows every night for the 10th year celebration of Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival. You can also catch live performances by James Blunt, Jason Mraz and James Morrison. This annual phenomenon features international Jazz musicians and performers from genres like blues, funk and contemporary music. For lovers of Jazz, this is exactly the place to be.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Where-Glasgow, Scotland

When- March 15-April 1

Even if you are not familiar with names like Dara o’ Brian or Sarah Millican you will not forget their performances in this festival as it will keep you craving for more. From March 15, venues like King’s Theatre, The Garage, Tron Theatre and Citizen’s Theatre in the city will play host to shows by well-known stand up comedians. The ludicrous anecdotes of the shows are sure to make you laugh. You can also book your tickets online.

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St Patrick’s Festival

Where: Dublin, Ireland

When: March 16-19

You cannot help but want to look and feel Irish, while you experience the parades and musical performances, which showcase Ireland and its culture for five days celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Started in 1996 by the Republic of Ireland, St Patrick’s Festival includes outdoor theatre performances, concerts and fireworks. Come rain or shine, do not miss the main event of Skyfest, an annual display of fireworks. On St Patrick’s Day you may attach a shamrock, a three-leaved plant to your attire, which St Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish pagan folks. Today, shamrock inspired designs has become a ubiquitous feature of St Patrick’s Day.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Where: Washington DC

When: March 20 to April 27

This is not just a festival but also a five-week spectacle and this year it welcomes you to its centennial celebration of three thousand cherry blossom trees gifted by the Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo of Tokyo, Japan to Washington DC in 1912. Apart from experiencing numerous cultural events, watch the cherry blossom trees in full bloom during weekdays. The festival will see various performances by the local talents as well as a Festival parade. The city is painted in pink in tune with the cherry blossoms.

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Where: Nederland’s, Colorado, USA

When: March 2-4

Started in 2002, this annual celebration in the state of Nederland, Colorado commemorates the 1994 discovery of the corpse of a certain Bredo Morstel in a cryonic state, which is a condition of a human corpse preserved in extremely cold temperature.

This year Frozen Dead Guy Days (FDGD) is selling only 50 VIP passes for $150 and facilities include a Dead Guy tour ticket for free participation at events like –“Frozen turkey bowling”, “Brain Freeze”, “Frozen salmon toss” and “Polar Plunge” or entrance into Tuff Shed FDGD VIP lounge. Book your pass from www.frozendeadguydays.org and keep a close watch on the online registrations.

The 24th National Fiery Foods and Barbeque Show

Where- Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

When- March 2-4

Also hailed as “The hottest show on earth” this three-day burlesque is a combination of trade and public show. Thousands of food products will be on display, by more than 200 exhibitors and you can have a taste at the “Sandia Resort and Casino Events Center”. Enjoy recipes made from habanero peppers and expose your taste buds to different types of chilli sauces, quail eggs, vodka, tequila, popcorn and pancake mix.

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